January 23, 2018 | By: ANDREW BROWNE
Judged by recent standards, Marriott International Inc.’s corporate apology in China was particularly abject.
The hotel chain had implied in a marketing survey that Taiwan is a separate country, along with Hong Kong, Macau and Tibet. Though not altogether inaccurate—Taiwan has most attributes of statehood, including fixed borders, an army to defend those borders and a smoothly functioning democracy—it is heresy to say so. Beijing was incensed. Marriott kowtowed.
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